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Bachelor of Commerce

Overview

Equip yourself with the knowledge, focus and skills for a career in accounting, banking, finance or business analytics.

Commerce graduates are in high demand for their in-depth understanding of how accounting, business information systems, data analytics and finance add value to business and the global economy.

As you study our commerce program, you'll investigate topics such as:

  • How can business performance be measured and assessed?
  • How can company, project and investment value be determined to make buy/sell decisions?
  • How do foreign markets, derivatives and debt markets affect my client’s portfolio?
  • How applications of artificial intelligence in business processes, offerings and strategies provide impactful and productive deep learning opportunities.
  • What is an auditor’s responsibility?
  • How can big data be analysed to add value?
  • What issues arise from operating in a virtual corporate environment?

After examining the fundamental principles of commerce, you'll learn how you can apply and adapt them in response to specific challenges faced by businesses. You'll build specialised knowledge and skills through a major of your choice.

This program will set you up for a thriving career in the public or private sectors in accounting, banking, financial management, business analysis, data scientists, business information systems and general management.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
711001
Program Code
2336
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$42272 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
711001
Program Code
2336
CRICOS Code
001944K
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop a combination of core commerce skills, specialist knowledge, and critical evaluation and problem-solving abilities.
  • Gain expertise that ensures you are sought by employers and add value to their business.
  • With 4 diverse majors to choose from, you can deep dive into your area of interest.

1 in Queensland for accounting and finance

QS World University Rankings 2020

41 in the world for accounting and finance

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Finance

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Principles of Management Accounting
  • Transforming Business with Information Systems
  • Principles of Business Analytics

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Mergers and acquisition adviser
  • Business systems analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Company secretary
  • Auditor
  • Finance manager
  • Corporate treasurer
  • Data analyst

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Institute of Public Accountants

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
78732

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 201.47 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Domestic students commencing this program with prior tertiary education may be eligible for advanced standing/credit transfer. Applications for credit need to be submitted as soon as possible after receiving an offer in the program.

Domestic students may be eligible to study courses overseas as part of an approved exchange program. For further course study options and application details, visit the BEL Overseas Study website.

Additional application information

International students commencing this program with prior tertiary education may be eligible for advanced standing/credit transfer. To view some of these opportunities, click here.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Commerce for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest2 / 971 / 99
Median6 / 906 / 91
Lowest9 / 827 / 87

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

3315.94%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
3315.94%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

13866.67%

Total

207100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Commerce are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Accounting

This major is designed to prepare you for membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Courses cover advanced topics including financial reporting and strategy, business analysis, environment and methodology of auditing, costing systems and cost management, commercial law and taxation law.

Graduates typically find careers as accountants or advisers in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

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Business Analytics

The analytics revolution has fundamentally changed business. The Business Analytics major will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and indeed, lead the revolution.

Learn how analytics is applied to all areas of business from improving business decision-making and organisational processes to strategy-making.

The courses in this major cover the powerful tools used by business analysts and data scientists, including data visualisation, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and machine learning and deep learning. You'll also look at case studies from across the applied business disciplines, including accounting, finance, human resource management and marketing.

Learning how to solve real problems, the project-based capstone within the Business Analytics major uses live case studies from participating businesses. Working closely with academic support and industry decision-makers, you’ll work on a project and write and present your project findings to an audience including industry representatives.

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Business Information Systems

Learn about the relationship between business and technology, with a focus on the role played by information systems in large organisations.

You'll develop skills in areas like data analytics, business analysis, information security and process improvement. By the end of your studies, you'll be ready to provide advice about how technologies and systems can be used to improve business operations.

This major will prepare you for a career in a huge range of industries. Typical roles include business analyst, technology consultant or data analyst.

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Finance

This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment or business analysis.

It will teach you how to use research methods to understand financial problems, as well as debt and equity capital markets, funds management, real estate as an asset class, and private equity.

You’ll gain an understanding of behavioural finance, and how this underpins financial decision-making, including trading strategies, investment decisions, managerial behaviour, and institutional frictions that influence economic outcomes.

Graduates enjoy careers in corporate finance, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and management and financial consulting.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Accounting

This major is designed to prepare you for membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Courses cover advanced topics including financial reporting and strategy, business analysis, environment and methodology of auditing, costing systems and cost management, commercial law and taxation law.

Graduates typically find careers as accountants or advisers in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

View

Business Analytics

The analytics revolution has fundamentally changed business. The Business Analytics major will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and indeed, lead the revolution.

Learn how analytics is applied to all areas of business from improving business decision-making and organisational processes to strategy-making.

The courses in this major cover the powerful tools used by business analysts and data scientists, including data visualisation, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and machine learning and deep learning. You'll also look at case studies from across the applied business disciplines, including accounting, finance, human resource management and marketing.

Learning how to solve real problems, the project-based capstone within the Business Analytics major uses live case studies from participating businesses. Working closely with academic support and industry decision-makers, you’ll work on a project and write and present your project findings to an audience including industry representatives.

View

Business Information Systems

Learn about the relationship between business and technology, with a focus on the role played by information systems in large organisations.

You'll develop skills in areas like data analytics, business analysis, information security and process improvement. By the end of your studies, you'll be ready to provide advice about how technologies and systems can be used to improve business operations.

This major will prepare you for a career in a huge range of industries. Typical roles include business analyst, technology consultant or data analyst.

View

Finance

This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment or business analysis.

It will teach you how to use research methods to understand financial problems, as well as debt and equity capital markets, funds management, real estate as an asset class, and private equity.

You’ll gain an understanding of behavioural finance, and how this underpins financial decision-making, including trading strategies, investment decisions, managerial behaviour, and institutional frictions that influence economic outcomes.

Graduates enjoy careers in corporate finance, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and management and financial consulting.

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Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,272

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Commerce for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Commerce for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Commerce is 711001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Commerce is 2336.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Bachelor of Commerce and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.